Merchant Shipping Act, 1966

Information about ships' stability.

15.—(1) The following provisions of this section shall have effect with respect to the information about a ship's stability which is required to be supplied under section 32 of the Act of 1952.

(2) Except as provided by the following subsection, the information shall, when first supplied, be based on the determination of the ship's stability by means of an inclining test and shall be replaced by fresh information whenever its accuracy is materially affected by alterations made to the ship; and in any such case the Minister may require a fresh inclining test.

(3) The Minister may—

(a) in the case of any ship, allow the information to be based on the determination, by means of an inclining test, of the stability of a sister ship;

(b) in the case of a ship specially designed for the carriage of liquids or ore in bulk, or of any class of such ships, dispense with an inclining test if satisfied from the information available in respect of similar ships that the ship's proportions and arrangements are such as to ensure more than sufficient stability in all probable loading conditions.